In our frenetic society with demands being placed upon people in the workplace, school, community, and home, it is more important than ever for people to find creative ways to cope with and maybe even eliminate distress in their lives.
Distress is different than eustress (a name for good stress), which is the helpful type of stress, one that is a burst of energy, telling one’s body what to do. It is the type of stress that can help one accomplish tasks, goals and projects, motivating one to move forward. Eustress becomes distress when it is overdone.
Use the assessments and activities in this workbook to help your clients look at the four prominent dimensions which make up a sense of optimal wellness and help them experience Eustress, rather than distress, in their lives.
The activities are divided into four chapters to help you identify and select assessments easily and quickly:
Chapter 1: Coping with Emotional Stress
This chapter helps participants identify the ways they can more effectively cope with stress through creative emotional stress management techniques.
Chapter 2: Coping with Cognitive Stress
This chapter helps participants identify the ways they can more effectively cope with stress through creative, cognitive stress management techniques.
Chapter 3: Coping with Physical Stress
This chapter helps participants identify the ways they can more effectively cope with stress through creative physical stress management techniques.
Chapter 4: Coping with Social Stress
This chapter helps participants identify the ways they can more effectively cope with stress through creative social stress management techniques.
All of the guided activities are fully reproducible for use with your clients/participants.
This workbook is also available in PDF eBook format, making it simple to store on your computer or mobile device, and to access with a PDF viewer. The PDF format also allows you to easily print copies of the activities and worksheets during therapy and counseling sessions.
Coping With Everyday Stressors Card Deck
Need a creative way to start your session? Use the Coping with Everyday Stressors Card Deck. The open-ended questions will break the ice and stimulate conversation. Use them alone or in conjunction with the corresponding page in the book.
Laughing and developing a good sense of humor can help you to effectively and creatively deal with the tension and stress in your life. What movies, books, TV programs, etc. make you laugh?
Self-esteem is key in maintaining cognitive wellness and in battling stress. Create and repeat three positive self-statements. Start with “I am……...”
Without mentioning a name, who is a negative person who creates stress in your life? How can you avoid this person? How can you be assertive with this person?